tv CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley CBS February 15, 2016 6:30pm-7:00pm EST
>> we agree on a whole lot of stuff. we do. ruth is really bad only on the knee-jerk stuff. >> this is the "cbs evening captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" >> pelley: tonight the stars and stripes fly at half-staff at the supreme court. a quiet memorial to justice antonin scalia in sharp contrast to the coming political battle over his successor. scalia died apparently in his sleep saturday at a secluded resort in west texas. he would have been 80 next month. his doctors confirmed he had a history of heart trouble. in three decades on the court, he was a pugnacious champion of conservative thought. we have a team of correspondents covering this. first jan crawford on the impact of scalia's death. >> reporter: when the justices return to the bench next week, it will be the first time for
justice scalia. >> i antonin scalia, do solemnly swear... >> reporter: for 30 years he was the court's conservative voice. they will have a term of controversial case, regulation of abortion chinics, another challenge to obama care, affirmative action and college admissions and presidential power on immigration. with scalia, the court had narrow conservative majority. now it's a court on pause. many of those cases will end up in a 4-4 setting no nationwide precedent, but his passing will affect the institution far beyond a reasonable doubt one term. he was one of nine justice, but his impact on the court and the law was far greater than a single vote. his opinions were a must read for his clear, colorful writing, like his dissent calling part of obamacare jiggery-pokery and pure applesauce. his philosophy that judges
constitution the way it was originally understood defined the conservative legal movement. >> i think it's up to the judge to say what the constitution provided, even if what it provided is not the best answer. even if you think it should be amended. if that's what it says, that's what it says. >> he's done so much to set the terms of how the court approaches issues. >> reporter: paul clement clerked for scalia in the 1993 term. as a lawyer he argued 80 cases before the court and said scalia's lively and often sharp questions forever changed the court dynamics on the bench. >> the very first case, he started asking lots and lots of questions, and even some of the justices who had been there for years, they looked and said, we're not going to let this new guy ask all the questions. it's fundamentally changed the nature of arguing before the supreme court. >> reporter: now the court has several big arguments on the horizon, including the abortion
some of these cases to be argued next term, but, scott, it's unclear whether there will be a justice on the court at that point. >> pelley: jan crawford reporting for us tonight. jan, thank you. well, the delay jan just mentioned is exactly what the senate republican leadership has in mind. they insist that the nomination be postponed for nearly a year when a new president is in office. but today president obama was discussing privately who will be his next pick. it would be his third. margaret brennan is with mr. obama at a southeast asian summit meeting that he's hosting in rancho mirage, california. >> reporter: mr. obama could make his pick as soon as next week, but election-year politics in an already-divided washington make his decision complicated. the president will need at least 14 republican senators to move the process forward, to help win some republican backing, mr. obama could choose a candidate who has already won
some names that fit that bill, 63-year-old merrick garland, the chief judge on the d.c. circuit court, 48-year-old sri srinivasan also sits on that court. he would be first indian-american justice. 5eu7b 1-year-old former public defender jane kelly, harvard law classmate of the president. or he could make a bold choice, like attorney general loretta lynch. >> so help me god. >> reporter: who had to wait more than 160 days before she was confirm for her current position. the administration argues that history is on its side and points to the confirmation of justice anthony kennedy as an example. nominated by president reagan, kennedy was confirmed during the 1988 election year by a democratic senate. of course, in that case, it took three tries before the president's pick actually won confirmation. scott, this time the white house is already calling democrats and republicans in congress to try to grease the wheels for their nominee. >> pelley: margaret, thanks very much.
in fact, it would be rare for the senate to turn the president down in an election year. in the 20th century, the senate voted on seven supreme court nominees during election years, and it approved all but one. nancy cordes is on capitol hill. >> i intend to make 2016 a referendum on the u.s. supreme court. >> reporter: it took roughly three hours for scalia's passing to become a major campaign issue. >> the president under our constitution has a duty to send forth a name to be considered by the senate, and the senate has a duty to consider that. >> reporter: on capitol hill, republicans on the senate judiciary committee, from ted cruz to lindsey graham, vowed to block virtually any nominee, calling the president a lame duck. >> this will probably be left up to the next president. >> reporter: democrats like new york's chuck schumer argued president obama still has nearly a year left in his term.
president and say, i don't care who he nominates, i am going to oppose him, that's not going to fly. >> reporter: but schumer felt differently in the final year of president george w. bush's term when he argued democrats should block bush nominees because, "the supreme court was already dangerously out of balance." there isn't much precedent for a fight like this. congress has never taken more than 125 days to vote on a supreme court nominee. but legal scholar jonathan turley says this time could be different. >> conservatives clearly despise president obama, and they revere it's a bad mix. so you will have a battle royale no matter who is appointed. >> reporter: some republicans told me they would be open to considering a "consensus choice," but they haven't been able to give me any names of who might fit that description. scott, that's because even a moderate nominee would end up pulling the court to the left of where it has been.
>> nancy: nancy cordes on capitol hill. nancy, thank you. well, saturday night's republican debate on cbs drew 13.5 million viewers, that's the most of any debate in 2016. the republican primary in south carolina is now five days away. jeb bush is trailing badly, but he got some help today. here's major garrett. >> reporter: jeb bush can no longer afford to be ambivalent about his family name or establishment pedigree. >> thank you for your hard work for jeb. thank you for what you're going to do, which is to vote for him on saturday here in the great state of south carolina. >> reporter: bush is hoping his older brother george w. can give him a boost in the state that helped lift the former president to the republican nomination in 2000. >> how you doing, buddy? >> reporter: president bush's first stop, a meeting with veteran, even as donald trump continued to knock him for the iraq war and for overlooking intelligence before 9/11. >> they knew some bad things
they could have stopped it. >> was it negligence on the part of president bush? >> i don't say it was anything. i'll just say, the world trade center came down during his reign. >> reporter: on twitter jeb bush accused trump of trafficking in 9/11 conspiracy theories, am fight this defense of his brother during saturday's cbs debate. >> while donald trump was building a reality tv show, my brother was building a security apparatus to keep us safe. >> we had the worst attack ever. by the way, after this we did okay. that's meaning the team scored 19 runs in the first inning, but after that we played well. >> reporter: another trump rival, ted cruz, said the g.o.p. front-runner had gone off the deep end. >> i mean, he was just going on and on about how i'm the most horrible person in the world because i keep repeating the things he said. >> i have never ever met a person that lies more than ted cruz. >> if nothing else president bush drew the biggest crowd jeb
elsewhere, scott, trump threatened to sue cruz over his eligibility to run for the white house and once again hicted he may run as an independent. pell tell today in syria, two schools and five hospitals were flattened by air strikes, most likely russian. the u.n. says nearly 50 people were killed. holly williams is following this. >> reporter: today a suspected russian air strike targeted a hospital in idlib province. these videos appear to show the desperate search for survivors in its twisted ruins. at least seven people are thought to have died. more alleged russian air strikes reportedly hit a school and a hospital in the town of azaz. a former rebel stronghold. injured children were ferried
in turkey. despite the temporary ceasefire agreement, russia says it will continue its strikes, which gives cover to the forces of syrian president bashar al-assad. and on the ground in syria, it's not clear whether anyone will stop fighting. samer alawy is an officer with a rebel group that's received weapons from the u.s. he told us they won't comply with the temporary truce, even if it means losing american support. hundreds of thousands of people have died. the regime has the backing of russian air strikes now, of iran. you're losinger territory, wouldn't it be better to sit down with the regime of bashar al-assad? "we started this revolution to get rid of him," he told us. "mr. obama said that bashar
how can we ignore that and sit down with a terrorist?" syria claimed today that the hospital attack in idlib was actually carried out by the u.s.-led coalition. the u.s. said its planes weren't even in the area, but, scott, that's an indication of just how difficult it can be to negotiate with the syrian regime. >> pelley: holly williams on the turbish-syrian border for us tonight. holly, thank you. today pope francis visited one of mexico's poorest states. at a nass chiapas on the border of guatemala, francis denounced the abuse of mexico's indigenous people. the area is the center of a migration crisis as central americans struggle to reach the u.s. manuel bojorquez takes us there. >> reporter: these men have been walking for days, part of their desperate journey north. "we have to keep going," says this man, "because the situation in el salvador is very
violence and poverty have forced thousands to flee." to get north gives you hope of a better life. >> yeah, yeah. >> reporter: but it has become a dangerous gamble. >> 900 to 1,000 on your arrival. >> reporter: emily dickson runs the only migrant shelter in this corner of mexico. >> a lot of people get robbed, raped, kidnapped, abused in some kind of way. many of them say they were not aware of it being this bad. >> reporter: it's a result of mexico's crackdown on the southern border, a multimillion dollar program partially funded by the united states. but it hasn't stopped the migrants. last year more than 11,000 were housed here. >> it used to be the may grapght house where people used to stay a few days and they would move on. now it's more like a refugee camp. >> reporter: 16-year-old
honduras. he showed us where he crossed into mexico. how long did that take? >> ( translated ): three days walking. >> reporter: he wants to get to new york to be with his sisters. his fastest option is also the most dangerous. jumping on a northbound train. "some die on the train," he says. others are thrown off, robbed or beaten. raids like this are common as part of the government crackdown, and train companies have hired private guards. this cell phone video shows the moment one guard on the approaching train here shot and killed a migrant. [gunfire] despite the dangers, migrants still make any run they can for the midnight train. on this night, 20 from the shelter tried, but only two made it. the next morning others were still waiting, willing to risk everything.
human smuggling, but, scott, a human rights group argues mexico and the u.s. are deporting migrants who are refugees and at least 90 were recently killed after they were sent back home. >> pelley: remarkable report. manuel bojorquez in mexico city. manuel, thank you. a big storm is making a mess from the south to the northeast. and smoke forces a jetliner into an emergency landing when the "cbs evening news" continues.t have time to worry about a cracked windshield. so she scheduled at safelite.com and with safelite's exclusive "on my way text" she knew exactly when i'd be there. hi, steve with safelite. thanks for your text! i replaced her windshield... and she didn't miss a single shot giving you more time for what matters most. how'd ya do? we won! nice! that' another safelite advantage. thank you so much! (team sing) safelite repair, felite replace.
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>> pelley: a severe storm apparently trig rd tornadoes in louisiana and mississippi, and it's made a mess all the way to maine. here's jericka duncan. >> reporter: when the snow started to fall overnight in piedmont, north carolina, commuters began to crash. throughout the state, police reported hundreds of accidents due to weather. that same storm also helped spawn a number of tornadoes across the gulf states.
after an historic cold snap on valentine's day at least 20 cities in the u.s. set or tied records for lowest temperature. in watertown, new york, it was minus 37 degrees. subfreezing temperatures complicated efforts to fight this fire in suburban philadelphia. it took 150 firefighters six hours to put out the flames and turn this auto repair shop into an icebox. at cannon mountain in new hampshire, emergency responders braved the bitter cold for nearly two hours as they rescued 48 people stuck in two tram cars 40 feet above ground. family doing some sightseeing with a baby was part of the group waiting for help. right now snow is turning into freezing rain. it's about 30 degrees here in new york city. tomorrow temperatures are expected to reach 55, but, scott, that won't be a record. that was set back in 1954 when
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>> pelley: today an alaska airlines jet had just left washington's reagan national airport when smoke filled the cockpit. kris van cleave on what happened next. >> we have smoke in the cockpit. we need directors immediately. >> emergency. >> reporter: it was a boeing 737 like this one with 161 seattle. it turned into a tense 16-minute airport. >> basically we don't know where the smoke came from. we're assuming it was either the engine or the a.p.u. we took off with the a.p.u.
it did not come from the cabin. we have confirmation from the flight attendants. >> reporter: the pilots asked for fire crews to meet them on the runway. >> we're going to need the trucks, please. >> the trucks should be coming out. >> okay. we're clear to land. we'll stop on the runway. >> roger. >> reporter: passenger told cbs news she noticed a burning smell right after take-off. the airline is still looking for the source of that smoke. scott, both pilots asked to be checked out by doctors. >> pelley: but no one seriously injured. kris, thank you. at 94, the lincoln memorial is beginning to look its age, so today billionaire david rubenstein said he is donating $18.5 million to fix broken bricks and marble and replace the roof. and we'll be right back.bege.
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>> pelley: finally tonight, at a time when right and left rarely intersect, supreme court justices antonin scalia and ruth bader ginsburg prove that people can disagree and yet remain friends. jan crawford watched their friendship blossom through the years. >> reporter: we think about justice scalia and justice ginsburg, they were in many ways complete opposites. there was the rough-and-tumble scalia. he cut his teeth in the nixon administration. and then the soft-spoken ginsburg started her career arguing for women's rights, but they have this deep and affectionate friendship. justice ginsburg has this fabulous picture in her office of the two of them, they're riding an elephant on a trip to india, and they both love the opera. they're even dressed in costume in one picture they have, and they would do things with their spouses together, too.
eve together, have these regular dinners. their friendship goes back to their days serving on the federal appeals court in washington, and it was always wonderful just to hear them talk about their relationship. >> i was listening to him and disagreeing with what a good part of what he said, but i thought he said it in an absolutely captivating way. >> i think we should leave it at that. we agree on a whole will the of stuff. we do. ruth is really bad only on the mee-jerk stuff. >> reporter: they had a mutual respect, but they didn't compromise. in her statement yesterday, justice ginsburg said that his critiques and scalia could have some doozies, believe me, made her better. justice scalia nailed all the weak spots, the applesauce, typical colorful scalia language, and gave me just what i needed to strengthen the majority opinion. within hours of scalia's death, the partisan divide here in
but their relationship proved you could be deeply divided and still be civil. ruth ginsburg put it best when she said, "we were best buddies. it was my great good fortune to have known him as a working colleague and treasured friend." >> pelley: jan crawford. and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight.
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